Keizersgracht (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The Keizersgracht (Emperor’s canal) is a canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is the second of the three main Amsterdam canals that together form the Grachtengordel, or canal belt, and lies between the inner Herengracht and outer Prinsengracht.

Keizersgracht (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Keizersgracht seen from the Amstel River

Keizersgracht seen from the Amstel River (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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The first part of the Keizersgracht, between Brouwersgracht and (approximately) the current Leidsegracht, was dug in the summer of 1615 at the initiative of mayor Frans Hendricksz. Oetgens, city carpenter Hendrick Jacobsz Staets and city surveyor Lucas Jansz Sinck. The Keizersgracht was named after Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. It is the widest canal in the center of Amsterdam, namely one hundred Amsterdam feet, that is 28.31 metres (92.9 ft). The Keizersgracht was dug later than the Prinsengracht (which was dug in 1614), while the Keizersgracht is the second canal of the three main canals.

Kaisergraben (Amsterdam, Niederlande)

Hotel Keizershof on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Hotel Keizershof on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Keizersgracht (Amsterdam, Países Bajos)

Кайзерсграхт (Амстердам, Нидерланды)

कीएजर्सग्रेच (एम्स्टर्डम, नीदरलैंड)

In September 1614 the idea was born to turn Keizersgracht into a chic boulevard without water, following the example of Lange Voorhout in The Hague. This was abandoned for a number of reasons: It was expected that the future buyers of lots on the Keizersgracht would want to be able to reach their home or warehouse by boat. Other considerations may have been the need for water storage, the easier supply of building and raising material, but especially the shortage of infill material. The construction of the fortifications at the same time also required a lot of infill material. The allotment on the east side was completed in November 1615. With 30 feet, the plots were given the same width as on the Herengracht. The buildings went up quickly: by 1618 there were hardly any vacant lots.

Keizersgracht (Amsterdam, Nederland)

Niek Engelschman Brücke überspannt Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, die Niederlande

Niek Engelschman Bridge spans Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Кеизерсграцхт (Амстердам, Холандија)

Canale dell’Imperatore (Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi)

The section between the Leidsegracht and the Amstel belongs to the fourth Amsterdam expansion of 1658. The actual digging of this part of the Keizersgracht began in 1663. In 1667 both parts of the Keizersgracht were connected to each other. The section between the Amstel and the Plantage Muidergracht was laid last. This part was named Nieuwe Keizersgracht. During the second phase in 1663, city architect Daniël Stalpaert devised an additional street between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht to provide the canal houses with a back entrance where they could build a coach house: the Kerkstraat.
In 1949 the municipality had all the trees on the canal cut down due to the elm disease, after which linden trees were planted.

Canal de l’Empereur (Amsterdam, Pays-Bas)

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